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Democrats propose plan to boost biological defenses

Arguing that the Bush administration's Project Bioshield doesn't go far enough, they seek to speed development of drugs that counter biological agents.

U.S. wants to place immigration inspectors at foreign airports

The Homeland Security Department will put inspection teams at foreign airports to identify possible terrorists and immigration violators before they board planes coming to the United States.

Lawmakers unveil $4 billion plan to increase military

Members of the House Armed Services Committee estimate that increasing the size of the military will cost $4 billion per year, but would relieve overextended Guard and Reserve soldiers.

Senate panel backs 3.5 percent military pay raise

Subcommittee also votes to implement a health care program for Guard and Reserve troops.

OPM puts security clearance merger plans on ice

Agency postpones absorbing Defense unit, a move that may have speeded up the security clearance process at the Pentagon.

Senator insists budget absorb increases in troop strength

The Bush administration should have asked for funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in its $401.7 billion fiscal 2004 budget request, lawmaker contends.

TSA searches for solutions to shore up rail security

In a test program, passengers and baggage at a suburban Maryland rail transit station will be screened for explosives for 30 days.

White House officials call for renewal of anti-terrorism law

Bush administration officials on Tuesday criticized the "misinformation" that has proliferated regarding the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act.

War on terror eclipses homeland security effort

Two and a half years after 9/11, the Bush administration remains primarily focused on waging a war on terrorism abroad. The effort to establish, organize, fund and manage the Homeland Security Department has taken a back seat.

House, Senate panels set to take up defense issues

Issues on the table this week include the overall size of military forces and the 2005 round of base closures.